I began to receive numerous signal traffic messages to acknowledge the increase in threat protection of several military bases. I knew something was up and then about 10 min later media sources began releasing the report that Bin Laden was dead. I was with a few other service members from different organizations and we began to realize he was dead and what was really transpiring. As they too had done deployments in Afghanistan we all shook hands like a chapter had been closed for all of us.
Actions on the objective
Initially there were reports of a missile strike, then reports of a gun fight while Bin Laden hid in a Pakistan mansion. He was actually killed on the 29th and the DNA confirmation was just released.
“At 3:30 p.m. EST, a 40-man Navy Seals squadron raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the Al Qaeda leader with a bullet to the head.
Four Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters dropped 24 men on the compound. One helicopter suffered a "hard landing" inside the compound after an experiencing a mechanical failure and had to be destroyed on the site, according to one defense official.
There was a large shootout. The residents at the compound resisted. The total raid took 40 minutes”(Fox news)
BLUF (bottom line up front):some “unmentionable” joint steely eyed warriors swiftly acted on some solid intel and went in with a lot of hate and discontent. After about a million dry missions missing Bin Laden, when you get positive ID, you don’t let him off the hook and you bring the American military power down onto him full throttle.You can run but you will only die tired.
Initially it seemed surreal, and then all the memories beginning with where I was at during 9/11, to my multiple Afg deployments rushed through my head. One memory was finding a poster of the World Trade Center inside a mud house in Tarin Kowt Afg of a known bad guy that we were doing a raid on. Also the memories of getting numerous reports that Bin Laden could have been in the area we were operating in and the energetic responses that causes when you’re a small unit operating in the mountains of Afg. The losses of those in the World Trade Center, family members I know that lost loved ones in the Pentagon and those lost in the fields of Pennsylvania included some of the past memories as well.
It’s more psychological more than anything, especially to those that have lost loved ones on Sept 11 and those that have lost warriors while in the fight in Afghanistan. I hope it brings closure to their sorrow. Although Bin Laden has been reported as being killed, this doesn’t mean all terrorism will stop against America and we must stay vigilant! There are many enemies against America and unfortunately there always will be because of how we believe and who we are. However, it does send a very powerful message to all enemies of America that we are known for doing what we say. “We will not tire, we will not falter we will not fail” George W. Bush.
“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.” George Bush
God Bless America and its military!
Without a doubt, time for a Cgar!